Photo via Sloan Photographers   “You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in.  You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You… Read more →


  (Photo via Sloan Photographers)    “The most precious gift that we can offer others is our presence.  When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. -Thich Nhat Hanh   These days we are surrounded by so many distractions.  It seems at times that the world is in such fast motion, that it is hard to even… Read more →

The Hope Jar

I am the youth church leader for a group of girls ages 12-18.  This past summer we attended girls camp for a week.  The girls decided to write encouraging thoughts or words on rocks and sticks they found in the woods, and then they put them in a glass jar.  If any of the girls that week were feeling down… Read more →


“If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’ Then repeat to… Read more →